A Bharatiya Janata Party worker was killed by unknown assailants in Kerala's Kannur district on Wednesday, Manorama Weekly reported. The incident is suspected to be in retaliation to the murder of a Left party worker in the same district on Monday. The incident took place near a petrol pump in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's constituency.
The saffron party has blamed the ruling Left coalition for the murder of the 19-year-old. The local police are conducting searches in the neighbourhood for the perpetrator. This comes only two days after Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker Mohanan K was hacked to death at his toddy shop in a busy market area. Investigators believe that four to five men were involved in the attack. The ruling party had accused the BJP of killing their party worker.
There have been several reports of clashes between the two political parties after the Left Democratic Front government came to power following the Assembly elections in the state on May 16. On September 5, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker was hacked to death near Kerala's Iritty taluk in Kannur. A Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker and a Bharatiya Janata Party member were killed in the same district on July 12.